Martina Cleary is an Irish and Finnish contemporary artist, working through photography, video, performance, sound and new digital technologies to create immersive installation environments which explore Memory as a starting point to imagine alternative futures. Her work navigates spaces between the real and fictional, influenced by aesthetic and conceptual ideas drawn from painting, cinema, Jungian psychology, experimental archaeology and Feminist philosophy.
Over the past two decades she has presented her work in over 11 countries, participating in a range of international festivals, solo and group exhibitions including; The Luan Gallery, Athlone (2019), Cité Internationale Des Universitaire de Paris (2016), Flaneur New Urban Narratives, Lisbon (2015), Format, UK (2015), The Athen’s Photo Festival (2015), Just Another Photo Festival, New Dehli (2015), Obscura Festival, Malaysia (2015) ,Tiblisi Photo Festival (2015), Avenue C-Studio, New York (2015), Describing Architecture, Place & Memory, Dublin (2014), The RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin (2011), and EV+A International, Limerick (2008). Her work has been supported by the Arts Councils of Ireland and Finland, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Clare County Arts Office and a number of other organisations in both Ireland and abroad.
Along with her work as an artist, in recent years Martina has also been a lecturer and visiting artist for a number of institutes and organizations including, The EU Urban Development Project and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, BCA, GMIT and LSAD in Ireland, Cardiff School of Art & Design in the UK, and Moore College of Art and Design Philadelphia. Martina currently lectures in Photography, Film & Video at Limerick School of Art & Design. In (2017) she completed a Practice-Based PhD at The European Centre of Photographic Research e(CPR) Newport, Wales.